Polish court upholds sentence for Russian spy: report

19th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Warsaw court on Thursday upheld a three-year prison term for a Russian businessman convicted in December of espionage, rejecting his appeal of the sentence, the Polish PAP news agency reported.

The 41-year-old, identified according to Polish legal custom only by his first name and final initial, Tadeush Y., was first convicted by a Polish court in December 2010 in a trial which began in October of that year.

He was detained by Poland's ABW counter-espionage service in February 2009 and indicted in August that year.

A Russian citizen with a long-term residence permit in Poland, Tadeush Y. was accused of having spied for Russia's GRU military intelligence in 2003.

Polish media have reported that he spoke fluent Polish, and ran a business selling sights for hunting weapons.

They have suggested that his arrest may have sparked the Kremlin's April 2009 axing of GRU chief General Valentin Korabelnikov.

Warsaw's and Moscow's intelligence services were allies until Poland broke from the crumbling communist bloc in 1989.

Poland joined NATO in 1999 and has become a significant player in the transatlantic alliance. Its post-communist ties with Russia have often been rocky, although this year has seen a thaw.

© 2011 AFP

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